Looking for a plain way to teach what gerrymandering is and how it can silence the voices of many voters? Look no further! Using a simple grid simulation to show how states are divided into districts, students see how the shape of a district impacts the outcome of elections, representation, and power.
Included in this lesson are the main handout (2 pages), answer key, and practice grid. It is recommended that you make several copies of the practice grid and either laminate or slide into a sheet protector so that students can try out different configurations using dry erase markers before marking on their activity handouts.
This activity can be teacher-led for middle grades or high school age students can use the text to complete the activity on their own. After students have completed the three different redistricting grids, they are asked to reflect on what they have learned and provide evidence for their opinions.
This is an important but abstract concept and this well-designed lesson lays it out simply.